plea-bargain


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Related to plea-bargain: Plea agreement

plea bargain

also plea-bar·gain (plē′bär′gən)
intr.v. plea bar·gained, plea bar·gain·ing, plea bar·gains also plea-bar·gained or plea-bar·gain·ing or plea-bar·gains
To agree to plead guilty, especially to a lesser criminal offense, in exchange for some concession from the prosecution, such as dismissal of more serious charges.

plea bargain n.

plea-bargain

vb (intr)
(Law) law to make an agreement between the prosecution and defence, sometimes including the judge, in which the accused agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge in return for more serious charges being dropped

plea′-bar`gain



v.i.
1. to engage in plea bargaining.
n.
2. the agreement arrived at as a result of plea bargaining.
[1965–70]
plea′-bar`gain•er, n.

plea-bargain


Past participle: plea-bargained
Gerund: plea-bargaining

Imperative
plea-bargain
plea-bargain
Present
I plea-bargain
you plea-bargain
he/she/it plea-bargains
we plea-bargain
you plea-bargain
they plea-bargain
Preterite
I plea-bargained
you plea-bargained
he/she/it plea-bargained
we plea-bargained
you plea-bargained
they plea-bargained
Present Continuous
I am plea-bargaining
you are plea-bargaining
he/she/it is plea-bargaining
we are plea-bargaining
you are plea-bargaining
they are plea-bargaining
Present Perfect
I have plea-bargained
you have plea-bargained
he/she/it has plea-bargained
we have plea-bargained
you have plea-bargained
they have plea-bargained
Past Continuous
I was plea-bargaining
you were plea-bargaining
he/she/it was plea-bargaining
we were plea-bargaining
you were plea-bargaining
they were plea-bargaining
Past Perfect
I had plea-bargained
you had plea-bargained
he/she/it had plea-bargained
we had plea-bargained
you had plea-bargained
they had plea-bargained
Future
I will plea-bargain
you will plea-bargain
he/she/it will plea-bargain
we will plea-bargain
you will plea-bargain
they will plea-bargain
Future Perfect
I will have plea-bargained
you will have plea-bargained
he/she/it will have plea-bargained
we will have plea-bargained
you will have plea-bargained
they will have plea-bargained
Future Continuous
I will be plea-bargaining
you will be plea-bargaining
he/she/it will be plea-bargaining
we will be plea-bargaining
you will be plea-bargaining
they will be plea-bargaining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been plea-bargaining
you have been plea-bargaining
he/she/it has been plea-bargaining
we have been plea-bargaining
you have been plea-bargaining
they have been plea-bargaining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been plea-bargaining
you will have been plea-bargaining
he/she/it will have been plea-bargaining
we will have been plea-bargaining
you will have been plea-bargaining
they will have been plea-bargaining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been plea-bargaining
you had been plea-bargaining
he/she/it had been plea-bargaining
we had been plea-bargaining
you had been plea-bargaining
they had been plea-bargaining
Conditional
I would plea-bargain
you would plea-bargain
he/she/it would plea-bargain
we would plea-bargain
you would plea-bargain
they would plea-bargain
Past Conditional
I would have plea-bargained
you would have plea-bargained
he/she/it would have plea-bargained
we would have plea-bargained
you would have plea-bargained
they would have plea-bargained
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.plea-bargain - agree to plead guilty in return for a lesser charge; "If he plea-bargains, he will be sent to a medium-security prison for 8 years"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
agree - consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something; "She agreed to all my conditions"; "He agreed to leave her alone"
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Marzio D'Alessandro was convicted of abusive and threatening behaviour but it is shameful that his lawyers were able to plea-bargain their way out of the more serious charge of stalking.
It was a plea-bargain agreement between the prosecution and the defense,'' Deputy District Attorney Richard Quinones said.